Office of Public Affairs and Communications


Gilien Silsby
Gilien Silsby

Director of News and Media Relations

(909) 607-3748

Gilien Silsby is Director of News and Media Relations.

She serves as the primary media contact for the College. Silsby has more than 18 years of experience in higher education communications. For 15 years, she served as Senior Director of Communications and Media Relations at USC Gould School of Law, where she placed stories and opinion pieces in national media, oversaw internal campus communications and crisis communications, and worked with multiple stakeholders to create a streamlined message. Prior to joining USC, Silsby was a newspaper reporter for the South Bay Daily Breeze/Copley News Service and Pasadena Star-News, where she covered the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She holds a degree in journalism and political science from University of Oregon.

Thomas Rozwadowski
Thomas Rozwadowski

Director of Publications and Strategic Initiatives

(909) 621-8582

Thomas Rozwadowski is Director of Publications and Strategic Initiatives.

Before joining Claremont McKenna College, he served as senior editor and writer at Carleton College in Northfield (Minn.). While there, Rozwadowski crafted feature stories for the alumni magazine and developed strategies for print, web, marketing, and social media platforms.

Prior to working in higher ed communications, Rozwadowski was an editor and program manager at ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit for low income high school students of color hosted at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minn.). A Wisconsin native, he spent the first decade of his professional career as a features reporter and online editor at his hometown newspaper, the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Rozwadowski received his B.A. in Communications and English from St. Norbert College (Wis.).


Kate Canada Obregon
Kate Canada Obregon

Associate Director of  Communications, Digital Marketing

(909) 607-7440

Kate is the Associate Director for Communications and Digital Marketing.

She joins Claremont McKenna College after heading up research, strategy and creative services at the award-winning agency Oishii Creative.

Kate holds a PhD in Political Science and taught many courses at USC through the Annenberg School of Communications, Digital Media Program and Thematic Option University Honors Program.

Anibal Ortiz
Anibal Ortiz

Photographer / Videographer

(909) 621-8321

Anibal Ortiz is Photographer and Videographer of Public Affairs and Communications.

Before joining Claremont McKenna College, Ortiz worked as a visual journalist in Albany, Ore., where he covered news, sports, and feature stories for the Albany Democrat-Herald and the Corvallis Gazette-Times. A California native, Ortiz began his career in Southern California as a photographer at the Orange County Register.

Ortiz earned a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from California State University, Fullerton.

Valerie Ramos
Valerie Ramos

Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator

(909) 607-2218

Valerie Ramos is Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Previously Valerie worked at UC Riverside, where she was an administrative assistant for UCR International Education Programs. At UCR, Valerie also assisted her department with social media content, photography, video production and branded graphics. Valerie holds a bachelor's degree in French language and literature from UC Riverside.​

Brandon Luna
Brandon Luna

Web Developer

(909) 607-2131

Brandon Luna is a Web Developer for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Anne Bergman
Anne Bergman

Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications


Anne Bergman is Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications.

Before she joined Claremont McKenna College, she was associate director of communications and social media at the USC Gould School of Law. At USC, she also served in communications roles for USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, as well as USC Marshall School of Business.

Bergman has a background in entertainment journalism, and was an editor at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. As a journalist, her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bergman earned her B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in journalism from USC.